Frank and Melissa Turner started the very first Legacy Academy in Oakwood, Georgia in 1997. Frank and Melissa were looking for a way to educate their two young children, provide for their future, and serve their community. Legacy Academy was and still is the answer they were looking for.


Melissa has successfully overseen the development and opening of every Legacy Academy for Children® early care and education center throughout several states. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). She earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the University of Georgia. Melissa has had a successful career in banking, managing a billion dollar wholesaler of mortgage loans. She has successfully overseen SBA loan applications with her franchisees and was appointed by Governor Sonny Perdue to the Georgia Early Care and Education Board in 2005.


Frank has been in the development and construction business for over 35 years. He designed the original state of the art Legacy Academy facility and has overseen all upgrades since its creation in 1997. Through our affiliate company, Blastoff Construction, Inc., he assists franchisees in navigating the process of site selection and zoning. He also helps franchisees with adhering to local municipality requirements. Frank Turner is a licensed builder in numerous states. He over sees government permits as well as the construction of each project. His contacts within the banking community are instrumental in helping to pair the proper lending institution with a prospective franchisee.

Child drumming on playground at Melissa Turner's franchise


Frank and Melissa served as the owners of Legacy Academy for Children® in Oakwood, Georgia, from 1997 to 2002. Under their leadership as owners of this school, they successfully achieved NAEYC Accreditation in 2000. This hands-on operational experience has proven to be a huge asset. They are the proud parents of two children – two huge reasons for their initial decision to commit to the early childcare  and education industry.

However, Legacy Academy is not just the founders. Legacy Academy is comprised of a group of highly skilled and educated professionals who are committed to our youngest citizens. From the corporate office support team to our owners, directors and teaching staff, Legacy Academy’s team members are first and foremost advocates for children, families and communities. They are professionals who understand the importance of the services they provide. They are diverse, caring, and positive people who have chosen to make a difference.

One of the most telling testimonies of the potential success of owning a Legacy Academy Franchise is the fact that many Legacy Academy owners own more than one center.  You can learn more about two of those owners by viewing videos on our franchisee testimonials page.  To learn more about Legacy Academy franchise opportunities, visit or call their corporate office today.